Broadhembury is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.
Other places in the parish include: Dilford, Kerswell, Luton, and Collaton.
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1538
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607
Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Presbyterian.
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
BROADHEMBURY, a village and a parish in Honiton district, Devon. The village stands in a fertile valley, 5 miles ESE of Collumpton r. station, and 6 NW of Honiton; and has a post office under Honiton. It was formerly a market-town; and it still has a fair on the second Monday of Dec. The parish includes also the hamlets of Collaton, Luton, Dilford, and Kerswell. Acres, 4,703. Real property, £5,961. Pop., 817. Houses, 164. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Tovington family; was given to Dunkeswell Abbey; and passed, in the time of Elizabeth, to the family of Drave. A Cluniac Abbey stood at Kerswell; and was subordinate to Montacute priory in Somerset. An ancient entrenchment, called Hembury fort, crowns a bold spur of high land; commands an extensive prospect; comprises an oval area, engirt by three well-preserved, lofty ramparts; seems to have been formed by the Britons, but was occupied by the Romans; and is thought, by some antiquaries, to have been the Roman station Moridunum. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £269. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is a fine ancient edifice; consists of nave, chancel, and south aisle, with pinnacled western tower; and contains a neat oak screen, a Saxon font, and monuments of several families. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £30. Toplady was vicar.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
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Civil Registration District: Honiton
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Rural Deanery: Plymtree
Poor Law Union: Honiton